Rebellion by Stephanie Wheat are handmade, hand cut leather and fur handbags and accessories, made with love in Chicago. The Rebellion medium Tibetan Wool Crossbody in the color taupe is her best overall seller. In the spring, sneakers and sandals are being added to the line.
Rebellion makes things locally and by hand, sells direct when possible and takes pride in their ability to create something beautiful with their hands that can be held in yours.
Their mission is to create handbags that are meant to be held, not simply carried.
We are happy to have Rebellion by Stephanie Wheat onsite at StyleChicago.com’s Resolutions 2018 at the W Chicago – City Center on Friday, January 26, 2018.
Love…Hardwork…and an Idea:
In a dream that designer Stephanie Wheat had 11 years ago, she took a pair of scissors to a tomato red leather sofa and made a handbag. When she woke up… she (almost) did just that. Stephanie found that upholstery leather is the best made leather and makes wonderful handbags. She riveted the bag together, strung a hand-made belt through two holes and went to a trunk show. After pre-selling seven handbags based on her original creation, she decided that she had better figure out how to make more.
What is it about a handbag?
It is the way it feels under your arm. The way it makes whatever you’re wearing look better. And it all begins with the way it’s made.
Stephanie believes there is a hidden intelligence in the materials she uses – leather, crystals, silk – all have a living nature inherent in their beauty, and she works with these materials with honest admiration.
She believes that a great finished product is a combination of using the best materials (often the most expensive), and then enjoying the process of creating something from them. Connecting with the energy that exists in a potential state, to bring an idea into being, thereby creating something tangible – that’s the beauty in Rebellion.
About the designer:
Stephanie Wheat is a yogi, a mother, a pilot, a Chicagoan, a 40-something woman, a sailor, a poet and a rebel who happens to make handbags. She looks for the good in things and makes the rest up as she goes along. Her primary feedback for the Rebellion line is “I love my bag!” and a close second is that it’s comfortable to wear. Lightweight and two-dimensional in design, they’re easy to pack flat and carry for a hands-free lifestyle.
Rebellion by Stephanie Wheat
Lacuna Artist Lofts
2150 S. Canalport Level 4
Chicago, IL 60608